The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office is pleased to be one of just ninety-eight law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth that possesses state accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Our agency received it's second consecutive award in August of 2015, and will be due for re-accreditation in 2019. During our last process, our office achieved 100% compliance through all 186 professional standards, with zero returned files. Further, Sheriff Warren has been appointed to a three year term on the Board of Directors for VLEPSC. He joins other distinguished sheriffs and police chiefs as they work to advance the image of law enforcement in Virginia.
Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. We take pride in our agency, knowing that it represents the very best in law enforcement. Through compliance with standards designed to meet the needs of the community and offer the utmost in effectiveness and efficiency, we go about our daily mission of service with the knowledge that we are current, well-trained, and well-prepared to serve you.
Accreditation increases our agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more efficient delivery of law enforcement services. Through these successes, the citizen’s confidence in the policies and practices of our agency is increased. In conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, accreditation commits our agency to a broad range of programs (such as Crime Prevention, Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), and Project Lifesaver) that directly benefit the public. It also enhances community understanding of the Sheriff's Office and its role in the community, as well as our purpose and mission.
This partnership will help citizens understand the challenges that confront law enforcement and we, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Through this process, a common set of goals and objectives, backed by the support of the community, is arrived at and implemented.